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Digital Branch of the University of Alaska Fairbanks Oral History Program

Bob Gerhard

Bob Gerhard Bob is a long-time National Park Service employee who was instrumental in the development of the climbing ranger program at Denali. His understanding of the history of NPS backcountry policy and management is exceptional, and he has been one of the Park Service "insiders" not afraid to take on difficult and sometimes unpopular positions in the interests of protecting the Park experience on Denali. As a ranger at Denali, Bob was in on many search and rescue operations, long before the days of a contracted rescue helicopter, and support staff at high camp. His reflections offer an insightful perspective on the many challenges of managing an increasingly popular climbing destination. Bob is now a Subsistence Manager at the Regional Office of NPS, once again tackling a particularly challenging management issue.
Bob Gerhard appears in the following new Jukebox projects: